Now + Forever
Local Couple Celebrates Their Love With Magical Wedding at Jupiter Beach Resort
WHAT THEY DO: Christian, 33, works for Martin County Parks and Recreation as a park specialist, and Kristina, 32, is a senior compliance specialist at STS Aviation Group.
HOW THEY MET: A mutual friend introduced the two, and they became friends. Christian was living in Michigan when they met, but he moved back to Florida several months later, and the two began dating.
HOW THEY KNEW THEY’D MET THE ONE: Christian and Kristina dated for nearly four years and both had gone through some difficult times, to which Kristina says, “[We] came out on top stronger than before. I knew at that point he was the one.”
ON THE PROPOSAL: The two were on a winery tour in Sonoma, California, for Kristina’s birthday. While at a stop at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Christian told everyone on the tour that he was planning to propose and to not leave without them. He took a walk with Kristina and while exploring the vineyard, he popped the question.
ON THE THEME: Kristina chose a rustic, vintage theme for the ceremony, which she says looked timeless and elegant. This was achieved by incorporating a light pink and gold color scheme. Deciding to wed outdoors in the fall added to the rustic feel.
ON SELECTING THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE: “We both love our ‘staycations’ we have at Jupiter Beach Resort,” Kristina says. “When narrowing down our searches, it was both of our No. 1 picks on the list, so we felt it was meant to be.”
ON THE SPECIAL DETAILS: Hurricane Nicole was stirring in the Atlantic Ocean and made for quite a windy beach wedding. Christian was required to turn his back until Kristina was halfway to him since the aisle at the Jupiter Beach Resort is quite lengthy. “His reaction made the long, windy walk worth it,” she says. Kristina also designed a garter for Christian with both the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes emblems on it to represent their favorite teams and surprised him with it at the reception.
WEDDING DATE: Oct. 15, 2016
RECEPTION AND CEREMONY LOCATION: Jupiter Beach Resort
GOWN DESIGNER: Maggie Sottero
CAKE DESIGNER: Sweet Tiers
PHOTOGRAPHER: Focused on Forever
VIDEOGRAPHER: Danny Fontanals
FLOWERS: Serendipity Floral